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Like most writers, I have a trunk full of unfinished or abandoned projects.  
 
Whenever I think of a possible story, I make a few notes so that I don’t forget the basic idea. For flash fiction/shorts I might only write a sentence. For novels, I write a rough, query-size description.
 
Some of the stories never get past the summary stage, but I find it useful to rummage through that trunk on a semi-regular basis. Not least because I sometimes come across a promising idea which I’d forgotten all about.
 
Over the weekend (between shoveling the rest of the driveway and clearing a path from our front door to the mail box), I dusted off my ideas folder and found this brief summary of an idea I had for an MG novel:
 

Dead Doris (MG urban fantasy)

 Doris and Kimberley are best friends. Doris is pretty, confident and by far the smarter of the two, but Kimberley wouldn’t trade places with her for the world. After all, who’d want to be the ghost of a ten-year-old girl?
 
Not that Doris is dead you understand. She’s only ‘mostly dead’, and as everyone
knows, mostly dead is slightly alive. 

 
Every year, on the anniversary of her death, a door appears at the spot where
Doris died and she must choose whether to stay on earth or walk through
the golden door and become ‘all dead’. This year though, the door
appeared two days early. Instead of polished gold, it’s black and covered in slime. Something’s trying to come through from the other side.  It wants Kimberley.  Is it Death? If so, what did she ever do to be
sent to the dark place? 

 
One thing’s for sure. Doris isn’t about to let anything bad happen to her best friend.  
 

My current WIP, A Union of Snakes, should keep me occupied for a good part of this year, but when that’s done, I think I’ve found my next project.  
 
How about you?
 
What all-but forgotten story ideas are hiding in your trunk?  
 

    
  


 




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temporus
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of ideas sitting in limbo, waiting to be told which way they are going...up or down. Once I'm done with an idea, in general, I'm done with it. Not all projects are worth revisiting. Sometimes, I stopped working on them for a damn good reason. I do have a number of ideas I sketched out, but never fully drafted. Those sit in the pile until I have the time, or until I have completed necessary research. Which can be a dangerous excuse, I know. But I would only be worried of that if it meant I did no writing at all. Instead I just keep bringing forward stories that require no, or less research, so that I can keep producing until I have the chance to reserach what I need.

jongibbs
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
'Not all projects are worth revisiting.'

For sure. It's like we talked about on Saturday, when we discussed songwriting. Sometimes an idea sounds great in your head but comes out wrong. It's not out of tune or anything, it just doesn't work.

I figure I've saved myself hundreds of hours over the last few years by walking away from a stories that I could see weren't working, and as you say, there's always another one waiting to be told, so it's not like no writing got done.

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